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Reasons for small valve amps -
Reason one - Health
Lower volumes can prevent hearing loss - there
are a many rock stars with the affliction of tinnitus or are going deaf due to long
term exposure to loud music including: Phil
Collins and Roger Daltry (the Who), Jeff Beck, Pete Townsend, Eric
Johnson, James Hetfield, Mick Fleetwood
and a lot
Reason two - Your live sound should
match your practice tone
I hate the thought that my rig will sound
different live when you crank it up louder. Check out the Edge's
gear - he runs racks with effects and little combos inside. You just
mike it up and run it through the PA.
Reason three - You can actually lift
them! My Tiny Terror lives inside its little bag in my cable
trolley. Fewer trips for my lug.
Reason four - Fewer valves means less maintenance costs. If
your amp has KT88s on board you can be up for over $50 per unit.
"Which small or low watt guitar amp?" is a
common question on many forums. My valve amp journey started with a Crate
Vintage 50 2 by 12 combo. It was great amp - but it weighed a ton
and I could never use its tone without bleeding ears. My next amp
was a bit smaller, VHT Pittbull 45 single 12. Again a great amp and
weighed a lot less than the Crate - but still way loud. I currently use
an Orange Tiny Terror (mainly) and a THD Univalve - which I love.
Sure 2 channels would be great ..and I would kinda like more clean
headroom ...but I cannot afford a Mesa Boogie Lone Star Special.
Since I started this collection a while
back I am sure there are a lot more small valve amps around ...
here are more than 190 examples for your enjoyment. These machines are perfectly suited for bedroom
or recording studio application. I gig with my Tiny Terror - no
problems. For larger venues add a microphone.
For those wondering about low power amps -
it is all about power valve saturation (not preamp valve). When
you hear it you will know and you will want more of it....
Of course for those wanting to keep their
high power amps - you can achieve power valve saturation at more modest
sound pressure levels using an Attenuator
or isolation cabinet.
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Ace Pepper Buzz Bomb
A gainy little amp made to rock small clubs.
3 x 12AX7 and 2 x EL84 tubes
8 ohm output
front panel (L to R)
input, hot/cool switch, gain, low, mid, high, master, earth, sky, standby and power
Ace Peper also makes a 10 Watt Short Block
Advance Tube Tech
Dimensions: mm570 x 220 x 210
Weight: Kg 15,3
Pre/Driver section tubes: 3 x 6SL7/6188
Power section tubes: 2 x 1619 MILITARY N.O.S. RCA
Audio power: 10W class A
FX loop serial/parallel
Controls: gain, master, bass, middle, treble, send, return
Switches: Bright, Fat, Send FX-Loop +4/-20, Ground lift, FX
serial/parallel, FX on/off
Output/input jack 1/4: Guitar input LO/HI, Line out, FX send/ return,
speaker 8 ohm/16 ohm, FX ser/parallel, FX on/off
Remote control through dedicated pedal: FAT, GAIN, MASTER
Remote control through generic on/off switch: FX LOOP ON/OFF, FX LOOP
Cabinet Solid, hand rubbed oak with
laminated oak front panel.
Output 10 watts @ 8 or 16 ohms
Preamp Tubes 2 x 6SL7 (all-octal)
Power Tubes 2 x EL84
5W RMS All Tube
Single-Ended / Class A
2 parallel outputs / 4 and 8 ohms
2 x 12ax7 and 1 x EL84 (JJ Tubes)
Allen Amplification Classic 10
Output Power - 10 watts.
Tube Compliment - (1) 12AX7 preamp tube
and (1) 6L6GC or EL34 power tube.
Class A single-ended with cathode bias.
Equalization - TONE control to cut or
boost highs, BOOST switch "ON" thins out bass.
Chassis - brushed 18 gauge
Transformers - USA made TP18 power
transformer and Heyboer TO11C output transformer.
Topology - Loosely based on tweed
Princeton 5F2-A but with more power, unique boost feature and a
Cabinet - Finger-jointed pine with Birch
plywood floating speaker baffle and MDF back panels.
Speaker(s) - Eminence Copperhead 8 ohm
Special Features - Cathode biased power
tube can be a 6L6GC or an EL34. Unique BOOST switch pumps up the gain
for more mids and highs and eliminates the negative feedback for a more
Marshal like overdrive tone.
Size and Weight - 17"W by 17"H by 9"D and
Ampeg GVT 5H
Full power 5 watts RMS
Half power 2.5 watts RMS
Preamp: Tube ( 1 x 12AX7 )
Rectifier: Solid state
Power amp: Tube ( 1 x 6V6GT )
Tone controls: Baxandall treble and bass
Speaker outputs: 1 x 16 ohm, 2 x 8 ohm and 2 x 4 ohm
Cabinet: Void-free 15mm plywood
Dimensions (H x W x D inches excluding handle approx.): 9.1 x 15.5 x 9.1
Handling weight (approx.): 20 lbs / 9.1 kg
Single channel with volume, treble, middle and bass controls
Extremely overbuild with many N.O.S parts for tone & reliability
Extremely low noise across entire Db
8, 916 OHM outputs
only one 12 AX-7 dual triode for lower noise while producing similar
gain to '59 Fender Bassman
a 5 watt to 13
watt selector switch-5watt mode runs
the tubes in triode mode while 13 watt
run's the tubes in pentode mode
Use's all high quality (made in U.S.A) Mercury Magnetics transformers
AK01 - The SE-5a guitar amp kit
Do it yourself
5W single-ended Class A amp, with Treble, Middle
and Bass controls
Arte Sound Italy
and 15 watt
amps and combos.
The specs for the 5AS pictured right:
Power Output 5W
Tube Compliment - (1) 12AX7 (1) 6V6 power tube (1) 5Y3
Class A single-ended with cathode bias.
Solid wood cabinet available in cherry or walnut
Speaker Jensen available in 8" or 10"
Artec Sound Tube
- OUT PUT POWER : 5W (RMS)
- VALVES: 12BH7 x 1 , 12AX7 x 1
- SPEAKER : 10x 1 (16 ohm)
- DIMENSIONS : w454 X d248X h389(mm)
- WEIGHT : 14 (kg)
- OUT PUT POWER : 5W (RMS)
- VALVES: 12BH7 x 1 , 12AX7 x 1
- DIMENSIONS : w454 X d228 X h185(mm)
- WEIGHT : 7.8 (kg
valve amp kit
At Mars Amplification
This amp is driven by a pair of 6V6 power tubes with the
power supply rectified by the 5Y3 rectifier tube. The front end normally
uses a 12AT7 and 12AX7 for the preamp and driver/phase inverter.
However, both of these tubes can be substituted with any tube from the
12AU7 family to provide a variety of gain structures based on your
preferences. The Specialist is a cathode
biased amp and puts out about 15 watts. The combination of the cathode
bias and it's uncommon phase inverter makes the amp very touch
sensitive. Although normally the amp starts to dirty up at about 3 on
the dial, adjusting your pick attack or rolling back your volume knob
can take the amp from dirty to clean without the use of a stomp box.
System 110, - in its original form
consisted of (1) 12AX7,(1) 12AU7,(2)6V6 tubes with a triode-pentode
switch making 6 and 12 watts. Since then the front-end is used with many
different power sections resulting in amps
making anywhere from .9 to 30 watts. The simplicity of the design gives
the amp a very versatile and dynamic characteristic. At the
low end of
the volume control the tone is very reminiscent of the 59 Bassman, and
when cranked morphs into a very Marshall-like tone.
Audio Kitchen Little Chopper
Based around an ECC81 and ECC83 in the
preamp and EL84 power amp, the tones range from ultimate 'American'
cleans, through classic British chime and grunt, all the way out the
other side to Crazy-Horse style scuzz.
Controls on the front panel are Gain,
Bass, Middle, Top, Stack, Power
Nominal Power Output
7Watts Single Ended into 8Ohms
1 x ECC81
1 x ECC83
1 x EL84
1 x EZ81
Dimensions Approx Excluding Handle and Feet
320mm x 210mm x 205mm (W x D x H
Audio Kitchen Big Trees
The Big Trees
2.5W into 8 Ohms
ECC83, EL84, ECC82 valve compliment.
Little Chopper output transformer.
Also includes a dummy load and post EL84 Line Output feed so it can be used as a 'pedal' or can go straight into an audio interface.
'Bypass' in line output mode is actually a valve line driver with a stack of clean gain.
The Big Trees manual
[Source: Steve Crow, Audio Kitchen, email 23/10/2012]
MINI II : 5
1 Channel, 1 Input : 12" Speaker
The only thing small about this powerhouse 5
watt amp is its size. You wont believe your ears when you hear
this baby cat roar. Ideal for low-volume
studio recording, the Mini II is a Class A, point-to-point wired, tube
Experience the sweet tone of a dual
overdriven 12AX7 pre-amp section and a single EL-84 power tube in your
bedroom without disturbing your neighbors. Also features Line Out,
Volume, Interactive Bass, Treble and Master Controls. 4, 8, 16 Ohm
Barchetta XT 15
Two modes, clean and drive with a tone knob and master volume for controlling overdriving. Clean tones up to nice Class A overdrive with touch sensitive playabilitly. Completely hand wired with high end components. Made in U.S.A.
Single channel dual gain mode 12BH7
Push/Pull 5 to 7 watt amplifier.
100% Tube signal path No Diodes or SS
3-12AX7A preamp tubes and 1 12BH7
push/Pull power tube.
Vintage Gain Mode: Clean to crunch.
Modern Gain Mode: Crunch to Metal
Dual gain Controls, Treble boost, gain
modes, dry/wet settings.
Dummy load for use as a preamp and or line
Barr amps come in range of power
output options from 5 watt. The Monster can be switched 5, 10, 20 and 30
watts with pentode and triode channels.
Bearpaw's Growler range from 1
Big White Monkey The Chimp.
Single ended Class A 5
watt amp, switchable to 2 watts
Black Heart Killer Ant
RMS, Single-Ended, Class A
Solid State Rectifier
Volume (the rest of the tone is in your hands)
The Black Heart Little Giant is 5
Innovative 5 Watt valve
1xECC83 and 1x12BH7 valves
Unique push pull power amp design
Award winning HT Pedal preamp
Two footswitchable channels
10˝ Celestion speaker
Blankenship Amps Fatboy
Power: selectable to 10, 15, 18 or 25 watts
Tube Complement: Two 12Ax7, Two 6V6 and 6L6 sets, One 5AR4 or 5Y3
Controls: Volume, Volume, Tone, On/Off, Standby
Cabinet Coverings: Aged Lacquered Tweed (standard), Rough Blonde Tolex,
Red or Purple Levant
BabyBlues starting at $650 - a 3 to 8
watt 9 (depending on the power tube
used) single ended amp that is similar to a tweed champ on steroids with
a couple of other features and tweaks.
BluesKing starting at $800 - a 13
watt amp that is similar to a tweed
deluxe with a couple of other features and tweaks.
Options; can come with a 50/60's (cathode to fixed bias) switch that
switches the amp from that 50's squeezed class A (cathode bias) sound to
a tighter, more Marshally sound like a 60's (fixed bias)
Speakers; none, head only - 1x12 tweed or
plexi-glas, 1x12, 2x12, 2x10.
The pix are of two recently finished (Oct
2009) amps that are available with or
The one on the right is currently loaded
with a rare early 60's British Elac alnico 10 inch speaker..
The one on the left is loaded with an early re-issue of a Jensen P10R
alnico 10 inch speaker.
BluesLand 1999 Catalog and pricelist
4 watts push pull with 2 6V6 tubes
15 Watts 6V6s Volume Knob 4-Position Schizo
Class-A Valve Amplifier Combo with Reverb and Power Attenuator.
Bullhead Amplification Lead Sled
This is a no-frills clean through high-gain guitar amp. With a single-ended Class A power section, you can slam the power section to get that hot power tube saturation you've always been after. Don't be fooled by the wattage rating; this is a tiger in kitten's fur.
◦10Watts, Class A, Single-Ended
◦Clean through High-Gain
◦Combination point-to-point and turret construction
◦Cathode-biased Power section (From the shop, we use a 6V6)
◦Preamp tubes: two - 12AX7
◦Poweramp tubes: one - 6V6
◦Controls: Master Vol, Presence, Bass, Mid, Treble, Gain
◦FX Loop: None
◦Outputs: 4, 8, or 16 Ohm
Bumbox Lead One
Gain - Treble - Middle - Bass - Master Volume
Preamp - 2 - 12ax7's
Power section - 1 - 6n1p
1w max, 1/2w clean
15.5" x 7" x 7", 10lbs.
The Bum Box Reino Unido is switchable
Byers Model 10
Classis tweed tone with greater range. Warm and clean
with plenty of headroom and switchable overdrive for classic tube
Completely hand wired and assembled from only the finest components.
No printed circuit boards.
Treble - Bass - Volume - Tone control circuit out switch and Overdrive
Hi - Low dual inputs.
10" Weber speaker.
5 watts RMS clean output with 10 watts max signal output.
Properly wired heaters and shielded inputs create virtually hum free
6v6GT - 12AX7 tubes.
4 ohm output impendence from Mercury Magnetic output transformers.
Power Output: 8 Watts
Output Tubes: 1-6V6 S
Preamp Tubes: 1 ECC83S
Rectifier: Solid State
Controls: Gain, Tone, Volume
Configurations: Head, Colors: Black, Red
Dimensions and Weight
Head: 16" W, 9 1/2" H, 9 1/2" D, 20
Class A Single-ended fixed bias EL-34
output stage Single channel: bass, treble, reverb 3-position boost
switch Treble cut switch Built in 4 position attenuator (8, 2, 1/2, 1/10
amps Raleigh 3 watt
1-10 compact combo with Eminence Lil'
buddy hemp cone 10" speaker
2 12AX7s, 1 EL-84 tube compliment
Volume, Tone, Clean/Overdrive Toggle Switch, Master Volume controls
3 watts output
Ideal for home and studio
Glassy 60s blackface tones to juicy, sustained overdrive
Carvin Vintage 16
All tube design - three 12AX7
preamp(Groove Tubes V1) tubes, two EL84 output Groove Tubes power tubes
- 1 Meg Passive tone controls for broad adjustment range.
- Front controls: VOLUME, SOAK, BASS, MID, TREBLE and REVERB
- Metal shaft controls, Ivory knobs, Red jewel lamp
- Strong Poplar plywood enclosure covered in thick TWEED
- GT12 speaker
- Output: 16 watts / 5 Watts, Pentode / Triode into 8ohms
- Single 8ohms speaker jack.
- CH EQ: 60, 650, & 11.5K Hz.
- Size: 16 inches wide x 8.5 inches deep x 17.75 inches high
- Weight: 31 lbs.
- 120V or 240V models
- Made in San Diego, California
- Power: 50W/22W/7W selectable
- Impedance: 4/8/16 ohms selectable
- Tubes: 4 EL84, 4 12AX7
- Lush reverb
- Speaker Outputs: 2
- Line Out (cabinet voiced)
- Effects Loop
- Master Boost Control
- Optional Footswitch: FS44L or FS22
- Blue or Red Backlit LEDs (selectable)
- 120 or 240 VAC 50-60 Hz (switch)
- Dimensions: 15" (38cm) wide X 8.5" (21cm) deep X 7" (18cm) high
- Weight: 19 lbs (8.6 kgs)
- Made in San Diego, California
Watt Tube Guitar Amp Head
The amp is built
into a pedal sized enclosure and powerd by an external 12V wall wart
(included). It has an 8ohm output.
This is a great sounding little amp based on a 12AU7 using a JRC386D for
the power amp stage
15 watt, three 12ax7
Clark Amplification Lil'
/ Ten Watt, Single ended Pure Class
"A" circuitry, one twelve combo, chrome chassis.
This amp features the
chassis of a 5E3 with two separate input channels, (Bright and Normal)
with a common tone control. Channels can be bridged for even more tonal
options. The amp features the ability to operate with either a single or
two 6V6's. You may also mix a 6V6 and a 6L6 for added tonal palette.
Output wattage is easily selected by the use of one or two output tubes.
* Tube compliment is
one 5Y3GT, one or two 6V6 Tung Sol (RI), two 12AX7 Mullard. All NOS
* Jensen paper,
copper foil, and oil coupling capacitors, Allen Bradley carbon
composition resistors, Sprague electrolytics, CTS potentiometers,
Carling switches, Switchcraft jacks, NOS tube sockets Mil Spec, Original
solid 22g cloth covered wire.
* Weber VST 12A125
12" speaker or Celestion G12H30 speaker.
A - 10 watts
B - 2 watts
C - Ό watt
6 Watts. Class A. 2 x 12AX7
1x EL84 (output stage), 12 inch Celestion Vintage 30 Speaker, 2 x inputs
(hi and lo), Volume, which simultaneously controls first and second gain
stages (tandem pot), Treble, Master Volume and voice switch which alters
the frequency range over which the tone controls operate
Amps Lil' Big
Its a 2watt
push-pull amp. Handwired
V5 Class A combo features a single EL84
output tube producing 5 watts through a single 10" speaker
1 EL84 Tube
The Crate V16 Palomino is a USA
Class A tube circuit
Single channel with Boost switch
12" Celestion speaker
Gain, 3-band EQ, Level, Reverb knobs
18-1/2"W x 16-1/2"H x 9-1/2"D
Cuba St The Radiotone
Cuba Street Amplifier
Company, New Zealand
The Radiotone is a pocket battleship!
5 watts of class A pure valve tone through a grunty little Weber 8"
speaker. Or run it as a head into your favourite
speaker cabinet . . . growls like a mad thing!
P2P hand-wired, fingerjointed cabinet, two-tone tolex covering.
Made in Aotearoa, New Zealand
1 Watt amp
Auto Air Automotive Finishes
Volume + Boost Controls
1/4" Input and Output Jacks
On/Off Switch with LED indicator
Works with 4/8/16 ohm cabinets
1 Watt of output cranked
All quality components used
Power supply and battery adapter included
Hand-built / Hand-wired in USA
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